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Mothers of biracial children.

Do you make an effort to teach your kids about their other culture/history? What kinds of things do you do?

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Asked by Anonymous at 2:10 PM on Feb. 5, 2009 in Just for Fun

Answers (8)
  • no. i raise them however... i dont sit there and have them take a class about war and history and culture with me.

    if you are white, and your kids are, do you sit there and teach your kids about Christopher Columbus coming here and thanksgiving??? no thats what school is for.. come one.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:14 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • race is a man made concept that separates people. My children are multi-ancestral. Everyones culture is what surrounds them currently. So my children are learning their culture as they see it. As far as their ancestral history, yes I tell them where generations past has been, but we are a very small family.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:14 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • to anon. at 11:14am. So if for say, my kids where half japanese but raised in America I'm supposed to rely on their school to teach them where their family came from? come on.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:16 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • Well since my sons father (my X hubby) has little to do with his own culture it's up to my white butt to try to teach him what I know. Mostly as he asks though and sometimes I have to ask or research it.

    Answer by mamakirs at 2:18 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • My children are multi-ethnic. We celebrate holidays from all their heritages and read stories and talk about heroes from all their ancestries.


    Answer by riotgrrl at 2:21 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • Yes. With my daughter, I taught her about my grandmother hiding from the German Regime. I am a mid-east/Europe mix. Her father taughter her about his forefathers as slaves in the U.S.

    Answer by BlueSaphire at 2:37 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • Well, dd is only 7 months, but I sing to her in both spanish and english. We speak to her in both languages also. We are going to Panamá this summer so she will have her first birthday there. I am italian and irish and her father is panamanian. Usually, I cook spanish or italian food. She will be very cultured. Her grandparents can teach her all about Panamá. I was born here in the states, so she may learn little things about Ireland or Italy, but I'm American with italian and irish ancestors. Her father lived in Panamá as a child and is a citizen, so if I'm not mistaken, I believe she can also get citizenship.

    Answer by BridgetC140 at 2:38 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

  • I teach my boys both Spanish & English but they like to say words in Spanish & it confuses their dad's parents. But I don't emphasize one race or the other, I just want them to be comfortable being themselves & not worry about which race they fit in with better. My hubby also wants them to learn Spanish so he tries too.

    Answer by oahoah at 2:55 PM on Feb. 5, 2009

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